May 8 – 10, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA

Our most anticipated show of the year

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen returns to Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square with its fifth juried fine craft fair over Mother’s Day weekend, May 8, 9 & 10. The event was named a Top 100 Fine Craft Fair in the nation by ArtFair Sourcebook, a respected publication in the craft industry known for its artist-submitted show reviews.

Through a partnership with Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this event brings 150 fine craftsmen from across the country and Canada to downtown Philadelphia.

150 white tent canopies line the sidewalks of the gorgeous Rittenhouse park, brimming with beautiful handmade objects from both seasoned and emerging artists. Patrons will enjoy our Guild members’ finest work, amidst the canopy of trees and the nearby cafes as they browse through the booths of these independent makers.

The event features functional home décor such as furniture, pottery, glass, photography and other furnishings and also showcases wearable arts such as jewelry, clothing, accessories, leather and fiber handbags. Regardless of medium, all Guild craftsmen make it their passion to elevate everyday functional items into the realm of the visionary. All the craft on display is the patient and careful work of the craftsmen in the booth.

Joanna Nealey, our featured artist is a gifted and innovative jeweler; her path exemplifies the Guild’s work to nurture and empower up-and-coming makers, as they transform their passion for fine craft into successful careers. Joanna joined the guild as a member of our E.M.E.R.G.E program in 2013, where she debuted her bold and bright enameled jewelry at our well-attended May Rittenhouse show.  It was there that she discovered her audience and her path to establishing a career in craft. Playing with materials, scale and the use of negative and positive space, her fashion jewelry is both artistic and accessible. Joanna draws her inspiration from edgy urban themes, and the mysteries found in mother-nature; shattered glass windows on pavement inspire bold, hand-pierced silver pendants, while the organic growth patterns of crystals inform the geometric quality of some of her most recent work. Bold, bright and fun, we are honored to have Joanna’s work be represented in this exciting show.

“There is a growing movement to buy handmade, and we are so excited to be an active participant!” says Executive Director, Brandi Clark. “Handmade craft is as unique as those that make it. We provide patrons with more than just a lovely object; we provide them the rich history behind each piece and a story to pass on. The Guild’s fine craft fairs allow people to connect with the makers as they find unique items of amazing quality to fill their lives. We are honored to help connect people with handmade items and to share the experience of craft with them.”

The Pennsylvania Guild is known for its premier events; the Guild’s largest is in Wilmington at Chase Center on the Riverfront (July) and in Lancaster at downtown’s new Convention Center (mid-November). Both of these shows feature 140 to 200 artisans.

Fair hours are 11 am to 7 pm Friday & Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is free. Street and garage parking is plentiful.

Preview the Fine Craft Fair